MOBILE, Ala. –
– The South team just wrapped up its Tuesday afternoon practice as the Washington Redskins coaching staff put its group through the paces.
– I’ve made reference to it before but the South team always seems to have better, more spirited and more competitive practices. I think it’s because in a general sense, the talent is usually better. The South team always has mostly SEC and Big 12 talent as well as the cream of the crop from the ACC. While many of the North practices look slow and plodding, this group is anything but.
– Let’s start with Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden. Yes, he’s 28. But he’s also the best QB here and if he were 22 or 23, he’d probably be right in the discussion as one of the top three quarterbacks in the draft. As it stands, some scouts think he might be anyway Yes, he’s older but he’s also really talented. His numbers and production have little to do with being part of a “system” and everything to do with his being a really good football player.
– North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins is here and he’s one of the most interesting prospects on the board. Talent wise, the scouts say he’s a top 10 guy, every bit as good as Joe Haden, whom Cleveland took 7th a couple of years ago. But Jenkins made some mistakes at Florida and was dismissed from the team. His talent was clear on Tuesday: he’s wildly competitive and athletic and fits the mold of a lockdown man corner. How he handles himself in interviews and the process leading up to the combine will ultimately decide where he lands, though.
– Georgia OL Cordy Glenn is the heaviest player here, checking in a tick below 350 pounds. He was a tackle for the Bulldogs but he’s almost certainly going to be a guard at the next level. He’ll need to get in better shape but he’s a good athlete for his size and could be a mauler in the run game.
– On the opposite end of that spectrum is Alabama C William Vlachos. He’s one of Nick Saban’s favorites because he’s very competitive and nasty but also extremely intelligent. Vlachos is a bit stumpy at 6’1, 294 pounds but he’s not afraid to mix it up and figures to fight his way onto a roster.
– Texas A&M RB Cyrus Gray has some nice runs in a day of practices in which it seemed running backs performing well were few and far between.
– Everything you’ve heard about the speed of Florida RB Chris Rainey is true. It looks like the guy isn’t even touching the ground when he accelerates.
– Same for UNC LB Zach Brown. Brown isn’t the soundest technician according to scouts but his ability to chase down the ball with his supreme athleticism makes him a rare commodity. If he had better instincts, he’d be a dominant player.
– His teammate, DL Quinton Coples, looks the part at 6’6, 285 pounds. He draws comparisons to Cameron Jordan, the Cal DL who went to the Saints in round 1 last year. But Coples’ motor doesn’t always run at full speed and it prevents him from dominating the way he should. He’ll likely still go very high in the draft but it seems there are some mixed opinions on him in a small sample of various scouts.
– I’ll have some more info for you all tomorrow with one more post before heading back to STL. Thanks for reading.
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